An In Situ Look at Desert View Watchtower

On February 23, 2024, in Arizona, by admin
Desert View Watchtower, Mojave Point, Grand Canyon National Park (click to enlarge)

Nikon D810, 50mm, ISO 200, 1/40 sec, f/13

This is a second composition of the Desert View Watchtower. While the first composition on this blog presented a close up, looking up, view of the tower, this image is an in situ view of the tower and its surroundings.

In this image you can see how the materials used to construct the Desert View Watchtower blend in so well with its surroundings. Notice the triangle around the top of the tower are the same color as parts of the dead tree in the foreground. This image was captured 15 minutes after the previous image and from a different angle. The clouds framing the tower, puffy in the previous image, are now solid with areas of blue. The additional clouds change the light and mood of the image.

Desert View Watchtower: 36.043408° -111.825842°

Nikon D810, 44mm, ISO 200, 1/60 sec, f/13

It is said that on a clear day there is a panoramic view over 100 miles from the top of the Desert View Watchtower. The tower looks to be a snippet of the Grand Canyon with the layers of colors and shapes. I was lucky that the sky was full of puffy clouds that further accentuated the tower shape.

There are dozens of angles from which to capture the Desert View Watchtower at Mojave Point in Grand Canyon National Park. This is the close up, looking up, view of the tower. The next post contains an image showing the tower in its natural surroundings.

Desert View Watchtower: 36.043408° -111.825842°

A Better Yaki Point Sunrise Image

On February 19, 2024, in Arizona, by admin
Sunrise at Yaki Point (click image to enlarge)

Nikon D810, 86mm, ISO 200, 1/200 sec, f/14

This is a much better Yaki Point sunrise image than the one presented in the 29 January 2024 post. The 29 January image featured a blown out sky where the sun is located. While the rest of the 29 January is a quite strong composition, that blown out area turns it into an average image.

For this image, I zoomed in my composition to the top right corner of the 29 January image. I took multiple images, exposing for the sun in some, and the foreground in others. During post processing I combined images so that I have a strong sun and sky and some interesting detail in the canyon.

If you ever wonder why photographers take multiple images from the same location, this is one reason for that. This image and the one posted on 29 January were taken minutes apart. Using different compositions and different techniques in post processing results in two unique images.

Yaki Point: 36.058614° -112.083175°

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